The Tennessee Legislative Session Ends: What Education Advocates Should Know

Last week, the Gen­er­al Assem­bly com­plet­ed their work for the leg­isla­tive ses­sion. We will provide a detailed sum­ma­ry of their work that impacts edu­ca­tion. For now, we want to provide an update relat­ed to test­ing and account­abil­i­ty in Ten­nessee. 

As the leg­is­la­ture was wind­ing down, TNReady imple­men­ta­tion saw a series of chal­lenges. Much of the dis­cus­sion and delib­er­a­tion at the leg­is­la­ture dur­ing the last few days focused on test­ing, teacher eval­u­a­tions and the new account­abil­i­ty sys­tem under ESSA. 

The leg­is­la­ture con­sid­ered mul­ti­ple bill pro­pos­als that would have impact­ed test­ing and account­abil­i­ty in dif­fer­ent ways. Ulti­mate­ly, the House and Sen­ate reached a com­pro­mise stat­ing that “no adverse action may be tak­en again­st any stu­dent, teacher, school, or LEA based, in whole or in part, on stu­dent achieve­ment data gen­er­at­ed from the 2017–18 assess­ment.”

In the next few weeks we will be ana­lyz­ing the impact of the leg­is­la­tion passed and work­ing with our part­ners at the Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion to adjust our school account­abil­i­ty and ESSA strat­e­gy accord­ing­ly. 

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